Canadian chef Andrew Martin has left Charoenkrung innovators 80/20 to join Thai fine-dining institution Issaya Siamese Club (no.39 in Asia's 50 Best Restaurants 2018).

The recipient of our Top Tables’ Best Young Chef 2017 award, Martin has previously enjoyed stints in the kitchen of Nahm and Bo.lan, but it's at 80/20, who he joined in 2016, where he really made his mark. 

Alongside chef-couple Napol Jantraget and Saki Hoshino, Martin helped forge a daringly different take on Thai cuisine that spotlighted rare local ingredients and made-from-scratch elements, pulling inspiration from cuisines as disparate as Japan and Isaan. 

At Issaya's beautiful old mansion reinvented with bold colors and wallpapers, he'll join chef and TV personality Ian Kittichai in no doubt taking the restaurant's reinventions of Thai classics in bold and creative new directions. 

Martin's high-profile move after months of rumors follows the news that ex-Nahm executive chef Prin Polsuk will take over the kitchen at a new restaurant coming to the Bangkok Edition Hotel.

Issaya Siamese Club, 4 Soi Sri Aksorn, Chuaphloeng Rd., 02-672-9040-1. Open daily 11:30am-2:30pm, 6-10:30pm